How to Choose the Best Paint for Moisture-Prone Walls

There are some rooms in your house that are exposed to a lot of moisture. This is often through steam, so the rooms tend to be kitchens and bathrooms.

Walls can get damaged by excess moisture. So it’s important to coat them with the right products to avoid things like water marks, stains, mould and peeling.

If you want to paint your bathroom or kitchen but are not sure which product to go for, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with a list of paints to choose and paints to avoid if you want to coat a moisture-prone wall.


Eggshell paint

Eggshell paint is an ideal finish for moisture-prone walls. It creates a low-sheen effect that is durable and relatively resistant to humidity. Eggshell paint can be wiped clean and is great for bathroom and kitchen walls.

Satin and semi-gloss paints

Satin and semi-gloss paints are also great for walls in rooms with high moisture levels. Both have a relatively glossy, reflective finish, but semi-gloss paints are shinier that satin finishes. So for those who prefer a more matte finish, satin paints are probably the better choice.

Both satin and semi-gloss paints resist moisture and mould. They can also be wiped and scrubbed without getting damaged.


Glossy finishes

The glossier the paint, the more durable and water resistant it is. However, despite this glossy paints aren’t a great choice for kitchen and bathroom walls. High-gloss paint is very reflective, which makes it look like plastic or enamel. This can highlight any wall or paint imperfections and create a bit of a low-quality, tacky look.

Matte paints
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Matte paints are really popular with homeowners as they’re easy to touch up and have limited reflectivity. However, they are easily damaged by moisture so aren’t suitable for bathrooms and kitchens.

That said, if you’re determined to use matte paints on your kitchen and bathroom walls, you can cover them with an overcoat that will reduce moisture damage without making the walls shiny. You can also get primers that will help to keep your walls dry.

Specialist bathroom or kitchen paints

Specialist bathroom and kitchen paints are tricky. They are certainly good at resisting moisture and mould. However, if the moisture levels in your rooms are so severe that satin or semi-gloss paints aren’t sufficient, you’re better off revising your ventilation system than spending money on specialist paints. You can improve your ventilation system by installing a good quality extractor fan if you haven’t got one already. You should also consider getting a portable dehumidifier.

So now you should have a good idea of the best paints to use to on a moisture-prone wall. Using the right paint will mean that your kitchen and bathroom walls will look better for longer. You also won’t have to waste time and money redoing them.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.